New Comic Book Day – Final Harley Variants of the month and Gotham Academy

It’s new comic book Wednesday! We’ve got a lot of good stuff out this week. Harley Quinn’s takeover continues on the February variant covers on the following titles out today:

  • AQUAMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
  • BATMAN #39 by Jill Thompson and CV Painting
  • CATWOMAN #39 by Jim Balent
  • THE FLASH #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #39 by Joe Quinones
  • SINESTRO #10 by Ian Bertram and Matt Hollingsworth

Additionally, today we get Gotham Academy #5!! I can’t wait to see what happens next in this amazing, creative, and perfect book with wonderful characters. We also get Arkham Manor #5. And obviously we get Batman #39, but I want to show you the amazing non-variant cover by Greg Capullo:

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What’s on your pull list for today?

New Comic Book Day – More Harley Quinn Variants

It’s new comic book Wednesday! We’ve got a lot of good stuff out this week. Harley Quinn’s takeover continues on the February variant covers on the following titles out today:

  • BATGIRL #39 by Cliff Chiang
  • BATMAN & ROBIN #39 by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tomeu Morey
  • BATMAN/SUPERMAN #19 by J.G. Jones and Alex Sinclair
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 by Dustin Nguyen and CV Painting
  • TEEN TITANS #7 by Sean Galloway
  • SUPERGIRL #39 by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald
  • SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16 by Francis Manapul and CVDL
  • WONDER WOMAN #39 by Phil Jiminez and Hi–Fi

Additionally, today we get another book from The Multiversity, the third in Kelly Sue DeConnick’s groundbreaking book Bitch Planet, and a Ms. Marvel Valentine themed book that features Loki of all people. Now if that’s not good comic reading, I don’t know what is!

What’s on your pull list for today?

Sneak Peak of Gotham Academy #4

GothamAcademy4Written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art by Karl Kersch
Colors by Msassyk and Serge LaPointe
Letters by Steve Wands

 

Are you reading Gotham Academy? If not you should be! This is a book great for both a young and old audience (and everyone in between too).  Book four comes out Wednesday (still time to catch up) and you don’t want to miss it.  Thanks to writer Becky Cloonan, I had a chance to preview issue 4.  It’s another great entry into this new world. (more…)

Comic Book Wednesday – My Top 10 Comics of 2014

Kristin of Super Space Chick recently posted her top comics of 2014. She made some great choices, but I’ve got some others to add.    So, after the jump are my favorite comics from 2014:

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  1. The Wake
  2. Gotham Academy
  3. Wytches
  4. The Sandman: Overture
  5. The Fade Out
  6. Bitch Planet
  7. Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con International San Diego
  8. Harley Quinn Holiday Special
  9. Batgirl Annual #2
  10. Ms. Marvel

 

It was a great year for comics. Some amazing creator owned books and an great outings from the big publishers too.  How many of these did you read? What others are on your list that aren’t on mine?

DC on TV: Save Constantine

So tonight was the mid-season finale of Gotham and while I should be writing about that (and don’t worry I will, but not today), I have other things on my mind. Have you heard the news about Constantine? NBC has decided to halt production leaving Season 1 with 13 episodes, which could prove detrimental…

NBC's Constantine

 

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Five Fandom Friday – Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately

Five Fandom FridaysHappy Fandom Friday everyone! Today’s topic is geeky clothing. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you know I definitely have an affinity for geek-wear.  In fact, I recently added a Batman swimsuit (BlackMilk clothing) and a reversible Batman hoodie (from Hot Topic) to my wardrobe.

 

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Sporting the @blackmilk clothing #batman suit today at #tbdfest #bmbatmanswimsuit #ItsHotOutside

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But there are still a whole lot of pieces I don’t own and definitely need in my closet immediately. (more…)

Wonder Woman’s Look and the opinions about it

Again, Wonder Woman has found herself plastered all over the web as a result of her outfit.  For many people, mentioning the Wonder Woman conjures images of the classic original look (and often times of Lynda Carter sporting that look).

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Early last summer, DC Comics decided to revamp Wonder Woman’s look in addition to rebooting her character with new background information.  The new look designed by Jim Lee put Wonder Woman in pants (gasp!).

The news coverage devoted to Wonder Woman last year spanned all kinds of “reputable” news companies (this article from the New York Times is just one example).  What was fascinating about the coverage was that most of it focused on the change on costume and the enormous outcry of people angered about Wonder Woman wearing pants and having a “dated jacket.”

And now, Wonder Woman is again all over the news for her costume. NBC is currently shooting a pilot episode for a new series based on the famous character of Diana/Wonder Woman.  David E. Kelley (of Ally McBeal fame) is scripting the series and it features Adrianne Palicki (from Friday Night Lights).  While, there have been several posts and many comments about her casting in the infamous role, that’s not what’s garnering the most attention.  Again, it’s the infamous costume.  Perhaps because Wonder Woman is such an iconic figure and is considered to be the first major female super-hero. Or perhaps it’s because everyone’s a fashion critic?  Regardless, when the first photos surfaced of Adrianne in costume, the web reeled.

Wonder Woman's Costume 2011

Fans were appalled at the shiny, pleather-like pants (and the high heeled, blue boots).  Some moaned over the inflexible look of the bustier.  But it was the pants and the boots that people were most upset about.  Outcry was so huge, execs actually altered the costume.  The first photos from shooting surfaced and showed pants that looked more like a real fabric (and had stars down the side).  The new look also went back to the trademark red boots, but with a flat heel.

Now, here’s the thing that gets me.  If you peruse comments on a blog post from a widely available source (say this one from Yahoo), the outcry is still mostly over the pants.  I can’t help but laugh at the people that were upset by the high heeled boots (um, the original comic and even Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman wore heeled boots).  But, I guess the NBC pilot caved to outcry over that because they have claimed the new series will be much less “campy” and more “serious” than Wonder Woman of the 1970’s.

Then there are the comments about the pants.  What’s entertaining is that the exact same arguments that were made last year when the comic changed are being parroted again now in regards to the series.  I can’t help but wonder if these comments are from people that were appalled last year, of if they are from people that have no clue Wonder Woman now officially wears pants.  I wish blog comments had a way of gathering some basic information from people (have you read the comic in the past, have you watch the old show, are you aware of the change DC Comics made to Wonder Woman’s look last year, etc). It would certainly help me decided which comments are actually offering a valid complaint/opinion – then again, often times that’s already pretty clear by spelling, grammar, and text itself.

Personally, I can understand the NBC pilot going with pants, especially since the actual comic character now wears pants (and in action, that “dated” jacket, doesn’t look so bad in the comics).  I like the new comic look.  And so, I don’t understand why the pilot decided to put Wonder Woman in pants (like the comic) but create an entirely different look and add other random changes (stars down the leg, etc).  If you are going to take an iconic heroine and use a look that varies from the original, at least stick with the comic source.  However, I much prefer the latest look over the pleather look.  Let’s hope the costume still evolves a bit before we actually see the series (if we see a series that is…).

In any case, people, stop complaining about the pants! Wonder woman wears pants now – get over it!   What do you think?